With several weeks in the books since the July 31 trade deadline, it's time to re-assess the biggest deals that happened and the impact they had on their new teams. The one that's probably made the greatest impact so far, believe it or not, is the Los Angeles Dodgers' trade for starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco.
When you think of the team's amazing turnaround, you think of the arrival of Yasiel Puig and the healthy returns of shortstop Hanley Ramirez and starting pitcher Zack Greinke. But it's been so much more and Nolasco's arrival was a big part of it.
Since the Dodgers acquired the 30-year-old Nolasco on July 6 for pitching prospects Steve Ames, Angel Sanchez and Josh Wall, they have gone 38-10 and have gained over 14 games in the standings to take a commanding lead in the NL West.
Sure, it's taken a total team effort and return to near overall health, but the arrival of Nolasco stabilized the back of a pitching rotation that had been decimated by injuries and had rookie right-hander Matt Magill filling out the rotation. Magill made six starts even though he was in no way ready for the big leagues.
In Nolasco's 10 starts, he has a 2.20 ERA. He's given up three earned runs or less in all of those starts. Not by coincidence, the Dodgers have won eight of those 10 games. For this trade, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti gets an "A" grade.
I've assessed and graded 10 more notable July deals. Use the comments section to chime in on which has turned out to be the best thus far.
All statistics compiled through August 29.